Today we headed out semi-early to see Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill and a place worthy of at least an afternoon’s worth of activities. Those activities included: a vintage car show, a butterfly house, a hedgerow maze, giant board games, a stroll through the grounds (including a well-advertised “secret” garden), a cup of tea taken in the company of many voracious yellowjackets, and of course the palace itself.

It being bank holiday weekend (like Labor Day), it was slightly too crowded for my taste, but as you can see from the pictures below, my brother and I didn’t fail to entertain ourselves after emerged from the palace tour ahead of everyone else.

For dinner, a huge, delicious barbeque made — but not eaten — on our little patio. All the comforts of home, transported to the Cotswolds. Not a bad deal, altogether.

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